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Name Dorothea ECKEL64,133
Birth 25 September 1857, Addison, Washington Co., WI135,72
Death 16 August 1934, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN72
Burial 18 August 1934, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN135
Father Heinrich ECKEL
Mother Juliana (?)
1 Frank BALDER64
Birth 17 November 1849, Kanitz, Silesia, Prussia64
Death 17 November 1889, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN64
Burial 19 November 1889, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN64
Occupation Owned A Brewery In St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN & Fireman At The Old Little Giant Engine Company64
Cause of death Typhoid Fever64
Father Carl F. BALDER (1820-1897)
Mother Maria RATTER (1820-1895)
Marriage 29 November 1874, Addison, Washington Co., WI64,92
Children Clara M. (1876-1916)
Frank R. (1878-1920)
William J. (1880-1940)
Louis Carl (1882-1942)
Notes for Dorothea ECKEL
Dorotha was baptized October 23, 1857 at St. John's Church in Kohlsville, Washington Co., Wisconsin. Her sponsors at the baptism were Dorothea Schultz and her parents, Heinrich and Juliana Eckel.

BIOGRAPHY: 1880 Federal Census - St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota - Frank Balder (30), brewer, Dorthea (23), Clara (4) and Frank R.(2). Also living with them were Lina Stamonn (age 18), a servant, and Charlie Novak (age 48), Henry Richter (age 21), John Gaffka (age 22) and Jacob McGeyor (age 22), laborers. FHL US/Can Film #1254634

After Frank died, Dora married Frederick "Fritz" William Zertler, who had served as a "guard-Artillerist" in the 1866 Austro Prussian War, also known as the Six Weeks War. He immigrated to the United States in 1867 or 1868 and was naturalized in 1876 in St. Paul. His first wife was Mina Winter, born in Germany; Dora was his second wife.

Dale Smith comments on Dorotha Eckel : "According to family gossip, our great grandmother made a very bad decision in marrying Mr. Zertler after Frank died. According to my grandmother and mother, he was a very mean spirited person, and virtually disowned his step children. While our family was in poverty, they were riding around in motor cars, with their son Arthur. Rumor also has it that Arthur turned out no good and possibly committed suicide. In addition to Zertler's bad character, he must have also been a bad businessman, as the brewery closed
after several years of his operating it." -- from a December 6, 1999 email to Connie Balder Mickolajak

DEATH: From "The Daily Times and Daily Journal" Friday, August 17, 1934 -
"Mrs. Dora Zertler, 77, a resident of St. Cloud for 52 years, died at her home, 523 Seventh Avenue north, Thursday afternoon. She had been ill since October.
"The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday at the Presbyterian church with Rev. H.H. Baldwin officiating and burial made in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the Colbert chapel until the funeral hour. "Mrs. Zertler was born in Wisconsin on September 25, 1857. Mr. Zertler died about 13 years ago. Three sons survive -- William Balder of Osakis; Louie Balder of Minot, N.D.; Albert Zertler, of Marshfield, Wis."

From "The St. Cloud Sentinel" Thursday, August 23rd, 1934
"After ailing for several years, Mrs. Dora Zertler died Thursday afternoon at her home, 523 7th Avenue North. Mrs. Zertler lived in St. Cloud most of her life. She was born in Wisconsin September 25, 1857, and came to his city 52 years ago. She was always an active worker in the societies of the Presbyterian church and was also a charter member of the Equitable Reserve Association. Her husband, Fritz Zertler, died 13 years ago.

Three sons survive: Albert Zertler of Marshfield, Wisc.; Louis Balder of Minot, N.D.; and William Balder of Osakis. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church, Rev. H.H. Baldwin officiating, and interment was in Calvary cemetery. Pallbears were Walter Zapp, Peter C. Bettendorf, Dr. Clayton Miner, Dan J. Fouquette, Murray Thursdale and Tom Tolman."135
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